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Saturday, October 11, 2003

AL all square
NEW YORK Andy Pettitte and Nick Johnson showed the Boston Red Sox the grit that makes the New York Yankees so tough in October.

Flexible spending accounts help consumers cover health, child care costs
NEW YORK (AP) There's a way for consumers to put aside money to cover some of their health care and child care costs and save on taxes.

Investors return to dangerous margin buying
NEW YORK (AP) Such short memories these investors have. They got burned before by borrowing cash to buy stocks. And now they are right back doing that again.

Boomers have more ways than they might realize to pay for elderly parents' care
Joan Coleman calls it her nightmare. When her 74-year-old mother fell ill, Coleman assisted her in the hospital and also had to get her stroke-afflicted 75-year-old stepfather and 95-year-old grandmother into a nursing home.

Donation helps provide rides for area kindergarten students
The board of directors, community partners and staff involved with Central Area Rural Transit System Inc. (CARTS) would like to thank the Soldotna Lions for their generous donation to provide rides for area kindergarten students.

Debilitating diseases prevent writer from helping with cemetery cleanup
This is in reply to the Oct. 7 letter from Dorothy Gray, Russian Orthodox Church Council secretary, which was a response to my Oct. 1, letter regarding the deplorable condition of the Russian cemetery.

There are some valid reasons more people don't show up to vote
Low voter turnout brings a couple of issues to mind.

Hold on: Kenai looks to keep ball, title
In order to hold on to their small-schools state championship, Kenai Central will have to hold on to the football Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Land deal will wait
Sometimes the most prudent action is no action at all.

Flood facts
On an appropriately rainy day, government officials and emergency service providers gathered for a Fall Flood Workshop sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management on Thursday.

DEC: Spills prevalent but still preventable
If a pipeline burst or a vessel went aground spilling oil by the barrel into the environment, within hours few Alaskans would be ignorant of the circumstances thanks to radio, television and newspaper coverage.

Weather only road block for Unity Trail
Work on the Unity Trail will come to a close for winter with the expected completion of the portion connecting Soldotna to Kenai along the Kenai Spur Highway.

John Edward Clark Obituary
Kasilof resident John Edward Clark died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003. He was 52.

Schools, nonprofit groups could put dividend gift to use Editorial
Thoughts of how best to use their permanent fund dividend checks are dancing in Alaskans' heads like so many visions of sugar plums at Christmas time.

Lessons from Katmai maulings should be used to prevent other deaths
Earlier this week, two people were killed, then eaten by grizzly bears at Kaflia Lake in Katmai National Park on the Alaska Peninsula the first fatal maulings in Katmai's 80-year history.

Quantity and quality of game meat brought in up from last year
Now that the hunting season is starting to wind down, many peninsula hunters have turned their thoughts to what to do with all the meat they harvested this year.

Ecologist studies ground beetles to track Kenai Peninsula climate change
When I see a beetle crawling along the ground, I see a walking ther

Animal Spirit Release to honor hunters, harvest
The Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage invites all hunters and trappers to participate in the King Island Animal Spirit Release Ceremony on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Around the Peninsula
Driver safety class offered Fund-raiser dinner, auction planned Soldotna chamber to host fund-raiser Land trust to hold benefit dinner Masonic lodge to hold halibut fry Aquaculture association meeting slated PFLAG meeting set New KPC showcase planned

North Carolina Baptists expel church for accepting gay members
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina has expelled McGill Baptist Church for accepting two gay men as members and later baptizing them.

New president of Promise Keepers predicts expansion
DENVER (AP) The new president of Promise Keepers said the evangelical Christian group plans to expand to other countries and launch new programs as attendance at its stadium events declines.

Catholic Church fights against divorce law in Chile
SANTIAGO, Chile Five times a day, a sonorous male voice broadcasts an ominous warning: a divorce law will push children of divorced couples to drugs and booze, school dropout rates and domestic violence will climb, family incomes will plunge.

Church Briefs
Fall festival continues Native fellowship meets tonight Religious poetry contest held Friendship closet open Christian poetry sought

Council of Churches in black for second year
NEW YORK (AP) The National Council of Churches, which faced severe financial problems over the last two decades, announced it has balanced its operating budget for the second year in a row.

'Emergent church' grabbing young with return to church's past
BOSTON (AP) His friends assumed his covert Sunday trips to a cross-town Episcopal church were about a girl, but Rick Bennett was actually looking for some inspiring liturgy.

Mormons wind up semiannual conference in Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The president and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told Mormons that they must ''hold back the world'' by resisting everyday evil embodied in popular culture and the Internet.

Renaming California parish for Vietnamese saint sparks controversy
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) The ground has been blessed but remains unbroken.

Prayer: Two-way communication
Recently, an article in a newspaper reported on people writing letters addressed to God. The letters expressed needs and requests for God's help with their troubles.

State Swimming Bests
State Swimming Bests

Sports Briefs
Adult basketball sign-ups planned

Can the Carolina Panthers hold down Manning and the Colts?
Now that he's handled Tampa Bay's defense, Peyton Manning takes on another elite unit when he faces Carolina.

Thrashers say goodbye with win in opener
ATLANTA On a night of tributes to Dan Snyder, his former teammates gave him the best one a season-opening victory.

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